War Horse Book ReviewIn a way the story is fairly predictable, but then I was brought up on Black Beauty, andanyone who was moved by Captains exploits in the Crimean War as told there will findlots of familiar things in Michael Morpugos book. But there is much more. Joeys storyis told from beginning to nearly the end (since he lives happily ever after), but it travelswith him through the whole of the Great War, the War to End all Wars. As you see thestory from all sides, you realise, if you didnt before, the stupidity of it all, with peoplevery much like each other coming into Joeys life in turn, killing each other with evermore deadly technology, all because of their patriotism, when all they really want to dois have simple lives and look after their homes.This book needs to be on the 50 books to read before you die list! Its one of myfavourite books of all time, and is just fabulous. Its a thin little book and can beread cover to cover (even if youre a slow reader like me!) and is written from theperspective of the horse - thats what makes it so special. A one off. Suggest toall your friends! Make sure you read the book before the film comes out thisyear. It wont beat the book!A tremendous book, and it deserves to be up there with Black Beauty. The tale of ahorse that becomes part of World War1, and it views the war from both sides. The storyis tightly written, the narrative excellent, and the things that happen will live with youlong after the book is finished. A climatic scene between enemies is the highlight of thebook and should make children (and adults) realise the futility of war. Get the tissuesout...this is a wonderful, thought provoking story-with, I hasten to add, a sort of happyending. Read it yourself, then give it to your children - a wonderful, wonderful book!This book is about a chestnut stallion called Joey who is sold to the army duringthe First World War, because his owner’s father runs out of money. This story isset in the countryside of England and Joey is sent to France to fight.It was exciting to read the story from Joey’s point of view. It was sad all the waythrough until the end when the war is over and the boy buys back his horse andgets married.I think not just horse lovers should read this book. It is a great story for all ages.It is a very exciting story based in a realistic time and place.I think Michael Morpurgo enjoys emotional stories because it made me sad.There is also When the whales came and The Wreck of The ZANZIBAR.
It is a skilful book that will bring the history to life for a younger reader, and yet leaves aclearer vision of life in that period to an older, more wordly reader, due to the picturespainted by the author. And if you havent read Black Beauty, either at all or for years, doso. There is much in both books that we need to remember and apply to our care ofanimals and of each other.Set in three European countries where war hits hard in 1914, Morpurgos booksurprisingly puts its focus with a young horse, through whose eyes and mind the readeris familiarized with the atrocities of war as they unfold. While as a literary device thismight appear cheap or far-fetched, here it functions in quite a unique way. Whetherwitness, victim or participant, Joey (the horse) merely undergoes whilst observingwithout interacting by means of speech the way that humans would.The restraint which the author imposes on his narrative in selecting this point of viewjust works wonders. The further into the story, the reader (whether adult or youngster)gradually conceives a growing sympathy with the war horse and ends up nearlyidentifying with his animal companion.Along with Joey, he gets to interact with the people (civilian or military) who temporarilyown him and gradually will, of his own account, make a distinction between the oneswho approach him fairly or harshly. As he is dragged into the avalanche of warfare, hegets to make sense of the horses gratitude and emotionality one way, and his pain ordistress, another.To cut (not such) a long story short, to say that Mr Morpurgo does perfect credit towhoever gets dragged into the nightmarish abyss of war at any time and any place, isno exaggeration. His understated style only adds to the qualities that characterize thebook as it is.Perfection is not of this world, so the word goes, but this one comes ever so close.War horse is a gem. It is a must-read, and not just for young readers.Read and understand why, at times, books are indispensable.This is a magnificent book for adults and children alike. You could say that it is BlackBeauty goes to war for it is written in the same vein, I enjoyed a great deal. I only hopethat Stephen Spielberg has produced a film that will equal the book.Click here to buy War Horse